CLINTON, Mo. –- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says its new technology is partially to thank for finding Ian McCarthy, the man accused of killing Clinton Officer Gary Michael.

During the two-day manhunt to find McCarthy, about 100 local, state and county law enforcement officials helped in the search. Imagine the highway patrol not being able to communicate with those other agencies. Until recently, that was a reality.

“I’m relieved to tell you that we do have the suspect that killed Officer Gary Michael,” MHSP Sgt. Bill Lowe told reporters Tuesday.

The manhunt searching for McCarthy ended Tuesday with the use of a new radio system, the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network, or MOSWIN. It allows state, federal and local agencies to communicate in times of crisis.

“It enhanced our communication abilities, and again, made it much easier to communicate directly with other law enforcement agencies, which hasn’t always been the case,” Cpt. John Hotz, at the MSHP headquarters, said.

McCarthy’s capture was also made quicker with new mobile fingerprint technology.

“Because the suspect had no identification on him, it allowed us to immediately use that device to capture fingerprints,” Hotz said. “Which, in turn, allowed us to run it through the database, and then gave us a positive ID.”

It’s especially useful for someone like the suspect, whose prints were already in the system. Hotz said the patrol can use both technologies on a regular basis statewide, because it’s common for different types of law enforcement to work together. Hotz says it’s also normal for criminals not to carry identification.

“It helps determine who’s lying to you, who’s implicating somebody else, who’s providing somebody else’s identification,” Hotz said.

Lowe, who was in Clinton when McCarthy was found, is thankful the technology helped find truth in Henry County.

“We are thrilled that he is in custody, that we can give some closure for this,” Lowe said.

The Blue Alert System is set to take effect in Missouri on Aug. 28, which will be three weeks after Clinton Officer Gary Michael’s death. Blue alerts are notifications to the public when a member of law enforcement is assaulted.

The highway patrol is looking forward to that day, saying the system should add one more layer of communication, this time between law enforcement and the public.